Four Year Academic Plans

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences offers 11 majors in 10 departments, three of which are Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP). All majors in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences require completion of benchmark or gateway courses to progress in the majors.

To begin the process of changing to, or adding a major in, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences:

  1. Visit the department of your major to discuss the major requirements with a department advisor and to obtain the change/addition of major form or LEP application.
  2. Register for an academic planning workshop, by going to the BSOS Workshops website.
  3. Submit your academic plan and change/addition of major form to the Advising Center.
  4. Once your plan is reviewed and approved, your major will be changed/added. You can find out the approximate review time for plans/major changes when you submit your paperwork.

Majors:

  • African American Studies - AASD
  • Anthropology - ANTH
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (LEP) - CCJS
  • Economics - ECON
  • Environmental Science and Policy - ENSP
  • Geographical Sciences  - GEOG
  • Geographic Information Science and Computer Cartography - GIS
  • Government and Politics (LEP) - GVPT
  • Hearing and Speech Sciences - HESP
  • Psychology (LEP) - PSYC
  • Sociology - SOCY

African American Studies (AASD)

The African American Studies Department offers a bachelor of arts degree with two highly-regarded options: a cultural and social analysis concentration with emphasis on culture and history; or the public policy concentration with an emphasis on problem-solving, analytical decision-making and practical applications of policy analysis and management skills. In addition, students who elect majors in other departments can earn a certificate in African American studies. In September 2004, we introduced a minor in black women's studies which is a collaborative program with the university's Department of Women's Studies. 

CORE RequirementsGen Ed Program  
Cultural and Social Analysis
Major Card & Sample Plan
Cultural and Social Analysis
Major Card & Sample Plan
Public Policy Concentration
Major Card & Sample Plan   
Public Policy Concentration
Major Card & Sample Plan

 

Anthropology B.A. (ANTH)

Anthropology, the study of culture, seeks to understand humans as a whole -- as social beings who are capable of symbolic communication through which they produce a rich cultural record. Anthropologists try to explain differences among cultures -- differences in physical characteristics as well as in customary behavior. Anthropologists study how culture has changed through time as the human genus has spread over the earth. Anthropology is the science of the biological evolution of human species, and the disciplined scholarship of the cultural development of human beings' knowledge and customary behavior. 

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides a strong foundation with bases in all the subfields of anthropology. 

CORE Requirements  Gen Ed Program  
Major Card & Sample Plan  Major Card & Sample Plan

Anthropology B.S. (ANTH)

Anthropology, the study of culture, seeks to understand humans as a whole -- as social beings who are capable of symbolic communication through which they produce a rich cultural record. Anthropologists try to explain differences among cultures -- differences in physical characteristics as well as in customary behavior. Anthropologists study how culture has changed through time as the human genus has spread over the earth. Anthropology is the science of the biological evolution of human species, and the disciplined scholarship of the cultural development of human beings' knowledge and customary behavior. 

The Bachelor of Science degree provides an opportunity to match quantitative and laboratory skills with a focus in archaeology, ecological anthropology, or medical anthropology.

Gen Ed Program 
Major Card & Sample Plan

Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS)

The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is to provide a supportive academic and professional environment for faculty and students. The department promotes study and teaching concerning crime and delinquency and their prevention and control. The University of Maryland's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a national and international leader in research and criminal justice education, and its graduate program is ranked number one in the field. Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym: CCJS. 

CORE Requirements  Gen Ed Program  
  • For students who matriculated prior to Fall 2012, or transfer students from University System of Maryland and Maryland community colleges, declaring major prior to Fall 2017.

Major Card & Sample Plan

  • For current students who matriculated prior to Fall 2015, or transfer students from University System of Maryland and Maryland community colleges, declaring major prior to Fall 2017.

 Major Card & Sample Plan

 
  • For students enrolled as freshmen in Fall 2015 or later, or new transfer students outside of the University System of Maryland and Maryland community colleges.

Major Card & Sample Plan 

Economics B.A. (ECON)

Economists study a wide range of phenomena using analytical methods that describe how people and collections of people behave and interact. Many economists define their profession as the analysis of decisions made in the context of scarcity. Economics can also be described as the study of the production, pricing and distribution of goods and services within societies. Economists study such problems as inflation, unemployment, poverty, environmental quality, financial markets and international trade. Economists also apply their methods of analysis to such diverse areas as crime, health care, discrimination and the problems of developing countries. 

The old Bachelor of Arts (BA) requirements allow students to choose between 400-level ECON courses that examine real world issues and those that focus on developing expertise in economic methodology. The new Bachelor of Arts (BA) requirements emphasize breadth of exposure to different topics in economics.

CORE Requirements

Gen Ed Program

  • Old: For students who officially declared the ECON Major as of September 14, 2015
    Major Card
     & Sample Plan
  • New: For students who officially declared the ECON Major on or after September 15, 2015
    Major Card & Sample Plan

Economics B.S. (ECON)

Economists study a wide range of phenomena using analytical methods that describe how people and collections of people behave and interact. Many economists define their profession as the analysis of decisions made in the context of scarcity. Economics can also be described as the study of the production, pricing and distribution of goods and services within societies. Economists study such problems as inflation, unemployment, poverty, environmental quality, financial markets and international trade. Economists also apply their methods of analysis to such diverse areas as crime, health care, discrimination and the problems of developing countries. 

 The Bachelor of Science (BS) emphasizes methodology and techniques of economic analysis. 

CORE Requirements

Gen Ed Program

Environmental Science and Policy (ENSP)

Environmental Science and Policy is a broadly multidisciplinary, undergraduate major, drawing courses and faculty from 20 departments and four colleges (the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Chemical and Life Sciences; and Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences). 

 

Geographical Sciences (GEOG)

How do you see the future? More of everything: food, parks, leisure, personal electronic devices, peace between the nations? Or more people, new diseases, traffic gridlock, and starvation? Will there still be crabs and oysters from the Chesapeake Bay? 

CORE Requirements  Gen Ed Program  
Major Card & Sample Plan  Major Card & Sample Plan

 

Geographic Information Science and Computer Cartography (GIS)

The Geography Department offers an important area of specialization: GIS (geographic information systems) and Computer Cartography. The Bachelor of Science degree program in Geographic Information Science and Computer Cartography is designed to give students the technical skills needed to acquire, manage and analyze very large amounts of geographic data. Students will get extensive computer training in digital processing of remote sensing observations and cartographic vector data, spatial analysis, and the display of information products. Almost everything we do involves geographic information, from deciding where to live and travel, to environmental monitoring and urban planning. Influenced by computer technology, the academic disciplines of geographic information science such as remote sensing, (GIS) and computer cartography have evolved dramatically in the past few decades. Remote sensing is the science of obtaining geographic information from aircraft and satellites. GIS technology manages and analyzes different forms of digital geographic data, and this field has been growing at an extraordinary rate. Computer cartography has revolutionized traditional cartography to vastly improve map making and visualization of geographic information in a multimedia environment. 

CORE Requirements  Gen Ed Program  
Major Card & Sample Plan  Major Card & Sample Plan    

 

Government and Politics (GVPT)

Government and politics is one of the largest majors on campus with approximately 1,000 students taking courses in American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, political philosophy, law, public policy and environmental policy. Its large and diverse group of students are mentored by faculty through a variety of in- and out-of -classroom experiences and have been extremely successful in garnering campus and national awards, acceptance to competitive law and graduate programs, and exciting careers in all levels of government and the private sector. Students also benefit from a large and active group of local alumni who have reached the highest levels of their respective careers and who actively meet, recruit, and mentor current students. 

CORE Requirements  Gen Ed Program  
Major Card & Sample Plan  Major Card & Sample Plan 
  • GVPT website
  • Location: 3104 Tydings Hall
  • Phone: 301-405-4124 or 301-405-4142

Government and Politics - International Relations Concentration (GVPT)

 The Department of Government and Politics offers an exciting array of international politics courses, taught by leading scholars of international and comparative politics. Studying international relations at Maryland means exploring the politics and political economy of cross-border interactions, including the determinants of foreign policy behavior.  Students in the International Relations concentration will learn about topics such as the causes of war, the workings of international organizations, the complexities of international negotiations, and the politics of foreign economic policy and economic development.  They will also have the opportunity to study the international relations of particular countries (such as China) or regions (such as the Middle East).  And because international and domestic politics are closely related, students will learn as well about comparative politics, and will have the opportunity to enroll in classes that explore the politics and political institutions of different countries and regions. 

CORE Requirements  Gen Ed Program  
Major Card & Sample Plan  Major Card & Sample Plan 
  • GVPT website
  • Location: 3104 Tydings Hall
  • Phone: 301-405-4124 or 301-405-4142

Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP)

Hearing and speech sciences is an inherently interdisciplinary field, integrating knowledge from the physical and biological sciences, medicine, psychology, linguistics and education in order to understand human communication and its disorders. The department curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. An undergraduate major in this field is an appropriate background for graduate training in speech-language pathology or audiology, as well as for graduate work in other disciplines requiring knowledge of normal or disordered speech, language or hearing. The student who wishes to work professionally as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist must obtain a graduate degree in order to meet national certification requirements and most state licensure laws. 

CORE Requirements  Gen Ed Program  
Major Card Sample Plan  Major Card & Sample Plan     

 

Psychology (PSYC)

The undergraduate major in psychology provides an introduction to the methods by which the behavior of humans and other organisms are studied, and to the biological conditions and social factors that influence behavior. 

CORE Requirements  Gen Ed Program  
Major Card & Sample PlanMajor Card & Sample Plan    
  • PSYC website
  • Location: 1121 Biology-Psychology Building
  • Phone: 301-405-5866

 

Sociology (SOCY)

Sociology is the scientific study of society and its institutions, organizations, and groups. By observing the broad range of activities in society, and exploring topics such as social class, race, gender, deviance, family, religion, the work place, and demographic trends, sociologists provide important information and perspectives on our social order and the causes and impacts of social change. Sociology provides important information useful both to personal life and public policy decisions. Sociology is among the broadest of the social sciences and is characterized by considerable pluralism in theoretical and methodological approaches, substantive specializations, and in units of analysis. 

CORE Requirements  Gen Ed Program  

Old: For students who officially declared the SOCY Major as of May 17, 2016 

Major Card & Sample Plan

Old: For students who officially declared the SOCY Major as of May 17, 2016

Major Card & Sample Plan    

New: For students who officially declared the SOCY Major on or after May 18, 2016

Major Card & Sample Plan

New: For student who officially declared the SOCY Major on or after May 18, 2016

Major Card & Sample Plan 

  • SOCY website
  • Location: 2108 Parren Mitchell Art/Sociology Building
  • Phone: 301-405-6389